January can be such a difficult month. Cold and grey after the glitz and sparkle of Christmas. I always plant Hyacinth bulbs for forcing but mine are never ready for Christmas as intended it is always January when they get going! BUT what a relief because come January I have scent and colour. Through January I make up containers of bulbs as an alternative to my bouquets starting from £20, please contact me for details.
Hyacinth bulbs for forcing are planted in the autumn and initially kept in the dark and cold before bringing them into light and warmth once they are shooting. The bulbs have been tricked into thinking they have done Winter and it is now Spring and flowering time! Some other bulbs are suitable for forcing/growing indoors e.g. Amaryllis and Paperwhite Narcissus. In addition some other varieties of Narcissus, Muscari and Tulip are reported to be good for forcing but I have less experience with these. I will be trying some different things this year as they are such a treat through the later months of winter January and February while waiting for the weather to improve, daylight hours lengthen and outdoor flowers to happen!
This morning in the garden, I have found, Snowdrops, Skimmia, Paperwhites, Christmas Box, winter Honeysuckle, Violets, Primroses, Rosemary, Ivy, Fennel....the scent is amazing. Even in the depths of winter it is still possible to find beauty in the garden.
Today we are warned of snow to come and so I thought I should see what is in the garden before it is covered?? The wind is bitter here today, although there is glorious sunshine. Winter is a difficult time, the dark and cold ....so a few thoughts about things you might do to cheer yourself and stay connected with your garden.
Yesterday I spent a truely happy afternoon choosing ribbons at the fabulous V V Rouleaux in London to compliment my bouquets for 2017. I am loving velvet for this season and have chosen some sumptuous colours...lots of greens, ranging from Squashed Gooseberry to Hellebore green, greys and soft dusky pinks with a splash of Old Fuschia. Today I have been picking in the garden, Hellebores, Paperwhites, seed heads ( some kindly donated by a neighbour) and adding in a few white Tulips and looking at colour combinations. I always consider my gift bouquets as luxury items and these gorgeous ribbons really add the finishing touch.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.